Supporting individuals and families affected by dyspraxia/DCD

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Parents & Carers

Even the basics of everyday life can be a tremendous struggle for people who have Dyspraxia.

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Daily life hints and tips

Often the simplest and most straightforward ideas will make a difference to their quality of life. Try the following.

Clothing:

  • Lay out clothing layer by layer, underwear on top
  • Avoid tight neck-holes
  • Buy trousers with an elasticated waist – saves fiddling with buttons and zips
  • Trousers pleated at the front make identifying ‘the right way round’ easier
  • Shirt collars one size larger than fits are easier to fasten
  • Baggy t-shirts and shorts are easy and comfy

Eating:

  • Use a flexible straw with a drink to prevent spilling
  • Don’t fill cups too full
  • Use a damp towel under plates to stop them from moving
  • Sit down to eat where possible

Getting organised:

  • Keep to a daily routine
  • Post-It® pads stuck at eye level on doors are useful reminders
  • Transparent purses and pencil cases let you see the contents easily
  • Keep keys and purses on a long chain which clips to clothing

Members of the Dyspraxia Foundation share their tips for minimising the impact of dyspraxia on daily life through local groups and via our Facebook page.

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